Electroforming, electrochemical machining, and electrical discharge machining all use electrolytic baths. But only one is additive, which helps explain why it’s also more precise.
Both methods employ photolithography to fabricate nano-scale structures. But where one adds material to exposed surfaces, the other subtracts — with far different results.
For a very long time component makers have widely applied photolithography as the go-to technique for fabricating extremely small features. The tiny circuits in a computer chip are the most obvious example. One reason is simplicity.
Knowing how to more effectively source small parts at high yields is a key success factor for medical OEMs looking to pack highly innovative designs into very small products.
We are receiving a lot more inquiries these days from medical OEMs. These companies are busy turning a growing backlog of scientific innovations into marketable products that will advance healthcare and grow businesses. And because companies see the opportunity to deliver much more value with fabricated parts, they need parts that are much denser and more complex. So every day they challenge us to test the limits of what is possible and make it routine.